Back to normal on the buses

Underground storage tank at Lancaster bus station.
Underground storage tank at Lancaster bus station.

Lancaster bus station is due to re-open fully at the end of the month as work by United Utilities nears completion.

The taxi rank will also be re-instated, signalling the end of a year of headaches for Hackney Carriage drivers in the city.

Half of the bus station has been closed for around a year to allow the water company to install a massive underground stormwater storage tank.

The work is part of an £18m overhaul of the sewer network in the city, which United Utilities says will help the system cope better during heavy periods of rainfall, protecting the River Lune from raw sewage spills.

The company has thanked businesses, commuters and visitors to Lancaster for their patience and understanding.

Many buses have been running from Wood Street car park opposite the bus station and from temporary stands Chapel Street.

Work at Parliament Street Retail Park is now complete, althoughUnited Utilities engineers still have a further three phases to work on.

These include increasing the size of the existing sewer pipes in Damside Street, North Road and the A6 at Rosemary Lane.

Dawn Harrington, United Utilities project manager, said: “We can’t thank local businesses, commuters and visitors to Lancaster enough for their understanding and patience so far during our work.

“Carrying out work of this size and scale in such busy locations is a massive engineering challenge.

“The next phase of our work will start at the end of May.

“This will require temporary traffic management and some road closures.”